Contact information:     
  Joyce Boone, parent educator                      
  660-376-2411 extension 4602                                                                                                                                                                                          Marceline R-V School District 
  314 E Santa Fe                                               
  Marceline MO 64658

All services we offer to district families of pre-natal to kindergarten aged children are free

Some Quotes from kids...

"I coughed and spilled." -- words from my 2-year-old daughter, late one night. It took us a few minutes to realize she had been sick to her stomach for the first time in her life, and this is how her 2-year-old mind explained what had happened.
~ Tom P.

5-year-old: Our new babysitter took us to get ice cream and it was this big (gesturing with his hands the size of the cone).
Me: From where?
5-year-old: From the bottom of the cone to the top.
~ Beth D.

I was watching a show that featured cats with their kittens. My 7-year-old came up to me and said, "You shouldn't be watching this when you're allergic to cats!"
~ Allison N.

our Vision: 

That all children will grow and develop to reach their full potential.

Four program parts:                                *Personal, confidential monthly family visits with a parent educator.

*Fun educational group events for parents and kids on a variety of topics.

* Free, helpful health and development screenings once a year.

*Help, as needed, accessing community resources.

A "Parents As Teachers" Missouri affiliate school program.

Baby Bill of Rights

Talk To Me.

Sing, hum, babble, or even read the funnies to me. I don’t know exactly what you’re saying, but I need to hear you.  And I do know what you mean, even if I may not know words.  Like your voice tones mean, “I love you.”  Or when you yell, I hear, “You’re a pest!” Unless you communicate with me, how can I learn?  I learn from you.

Hold Me.

Everything is so big and new to me.  I don’t understand where I am.  Or who I am.  And I get scared.  But when you hold me, I feel better.  Your warmth warms me.  Your breath and heartbeat make me feel I belong.  Belong here.  Belong to you.


 Answer My Cry.

I don’t cry to get you upset.  Or to get you mad.  I cry because I can’t tell you how I feel any other way.  Maybe I’m cold…or wet…or hungry…or scared and lonely.  Answer my cries.  You’ll soon know what each one means.  You won’t spoil me.  You’ll help me to be a better baby…and to make you happier too.

Love Me.

Like me.  Love me just as I am.  Don’t expect me to do what I can’t do.  Like being toilet-trained.  My muscles aren’t ready yet.  I know I’m messy. But I’m growing.  Overlook my baby weaknesses.  You’re the most important person in my world.  I can’t make it without you.  So get to know me.  Have fun with me.  And love me…just as I am.Permission has been granted to reprint by March of Dimes